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None takes responsibility for injuring college student Siddiqur


Dhaka – None is shouldering the responsibility of the attack on the National University student Siddiqur Rahman who is currently struggling for saving his eye injuries in a city hospital. The ruling Awami League spokesperson and also AL-led government’s minister Obaidul Quader says it is an allegation that Siddiqur Rahman received the injury in his eyes in police action, while police boss Asaduzzaman Mia says how Siddiqur suffered injuries in his eyes is a big question.
Siddiqur Rahman, a student of Govt. Titumir College, who suffered grievous injuries in the eyes in police action on a demonstration at Shahbagh in Dhaka on Thursday, might not get back his eyesight, according to physicians.
In response to a question on whether Siddiqur Rahman, a student of Govt. Titumir College received the injury in his eyes in a police action or not, Quader said, “it’s an allegation.”
The AL general secretary came up with the statement while talking to the reporters after visiting Siddiqur Rahman, at the National Institute of Opthalmology in the city.
“We will see how a tear gas canister hit his eyes. Police have already formed a three-member committee to investigate into the matter and will submit their report within the next three days,” he said.
“Our prime minister has expressed her concern over the issue and asked me to visit the ailing student,” he said.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the ailing student Siddiqur Rahman will be taken abroad for better treatment if it is needed.
Meanwhile, after visiting the ailing student, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has expressed doubt if the injury college student Siddiqur Rahman suffered in his eyes during the police action was the outcome of an act of sabotage.
He said the authorities were looking into how Siddiqur suffered the injury. He said they will also look into whether it was an act of sabotage.
“A tear gas shell or a piece of stone cannot hit both the eyes simultaneously. If his eyes are hit by a single object, his nose and forehead too should have been damaged. But his nose and forehead bore no injury marks,” argued the police boss.
He said Siddiqur told him that he sustained a single hit and then he fainted.
“How did he sustain the hit? It is a big question. The reason will be found out through investigation. We’ll see whether any party carried out an act of sabotage here,” the police official said while ostensibly trying to defend his force from being accused of doing excesses during the demonstration.
Siddiqur sustained injuries in his eyes during a demonstration on 20 July when students of seven government colleges, affiliated with the University of Dhaka, gathered at Shahbagh, demanding that their exam dates and routine be announced in time.
The students were from Dhaka College, Eden Women’s College, Begum Badrunnessa College, Titumir College, Kazi Nazrul College, Shaheed Suhrawardy College and Government Bangla College.
Police fired tear gas to disperse the students. In the aftermath of the police action, the police claimed in first information report that Siddiqur’s eye was damaged as flower tubs were thrown targeting police by the students. The students, however, rejected the police claim. – Staff Reporter


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